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3.28  ·  Rating details ·  2,233 ratings  ·  684 reviews
The story follows the unlikely friendship of two young women forged via fan fiction and message boards, and is told entirely in texts, chats, and blog posts.

Gena (short for Genevieve) and Finn (short for Stephanie) have little in common. Book-smart Gena is preparing to leave her posh boarding school for college; down-to-earth Finn is a twenty-something struggling to make e
Hardcover, 287 pages
Published May 17th 2016 by Chronicle Books
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Julian Moreno there are lgbtq+ themes, not enough for my liking. there is a lot of sweating but no sex scenes.
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May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book!

Honestly this book opened as super relatable (follows a friendship that started online through love of a mutual fandom) and then it ended SUPER DEEP.

very impressed.
May 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: diverse-reads
“I’ve always had a fandom. I’ve always had characters who live in my head and mess with my heart and tell me stories, and I love it.”

This review contains *spoilers*.

The first half of this book pleasantly surprised me with how much I liked it. Reading it was so much fun, I’ve never read a book that contains blog posts, emails, texts and even fanfics with fanart. The format of this book was just altogether great.

This follows the online friendship between Gena (short for Genevieve) and Finn (short
I really didn't want to give this book a low rating. The concept intrigued me so much that I bought it almost as soon as it was out. I am a sucker for stories about online friendships, being someone who spends a lot of time on the Internet herself, and I've always loved books written in unusual formats (especially informal ones like texts and emails.) So I read the synopsis and thought, what could possibly go wrong?

And, truth to be told, the book starts off in the best way possible. The online
Nov 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, arcs
Huh. Okay. Well....

This was a really quick read, first of all. I probably could have read this in a day if I wasn't also taking college classes (though I did read it in 2 days), mostly because it's told through blog posts and Facebook-like IM's and text messages and emails so there's never complete full pages of text.

This book was a little odd for me, honestly. I started out with no expectations at all. I actually didn't even mean to read it--Chronicle Books sent it to me for review (and thank
May 18, 2016 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Ylenia by: Booktube
Shelves: 2016-reads
I wasted two hours reading this. WTF.
Dec 19, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Once upon a time I met my best friend through fandom, and we wrote a book about two girls who meet their best friend through fandom.

We wrote this back and forth through emails and gchats. There's this one line near the end of the book that's in a note one of Kat's characters writes to one of mine. This one line, and when she sent it to me, I read it and said...okay. So this is our book. This is what we need to live up to in our later drafts. This is the bar Kat's set for us.

It's a really beautif
Sam Schooler
Wh....?? What????

This is going to be a rambly mess because I just mainlined this book in about two hours and I'm Very Angry and Very Queer and...what?

So...this is a fandom book. I come from fandom. I met my wife in MUCH the same way Gena meets Finn: I was younger than she was, we were separated by a LOT of distance. I was beginning college, she had had a stint with it and decided it wasn't for her. We actually met in the Supernatural fandom, which makes this triply freaky because GENA/FINN's U
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: realist, ya
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Winx Vestrit
Mar 08, 2016 rated it liked it
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May 17, 2016 rated it liked it
BookTube-A-Thon Challenege 2016 #3
Read a book you discovered through BookTube. (I found this over with Regan from Peruse Project).

I wanted to like this book more. This novel began with a friendship that started online over a fandom. I found the text of the book to be different and interesting as it was made up of blog posts, emails, and text messages. The ending was really deep but I had a hard time connecting to the story. It was an incredibly easy read. I probably could have read it in a day
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Stories change in memory and in the retelling, and you write and rewrite them until they're what you want them to be, but this is one story I want you to remember the way it happened. I want you to remember the people we are now, the times I was there for you and the times I let you down. I want you to love me weak like I loved you crazy, and when we're both on top again we'll remember that we did it.

I expected for this book to be a cute little fluffy guilty pleasure.
Never have I th
Wart Hill
Nov 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc2016
Things I Find While Shelving

I received a free ARC via NetGalley

I feel like something is missing in this book.

The first half was. Well it was a giant ball of nerdy wonderfulness. It reminded me of the days when fandom on LJ was hopping. Ah I miss those days. *pauses for a moment of nerdy recollecitons*



The second half was. It was heartbreaking and beautiful and hard to read and so well done.

But in between. I felt like the shift between them didn't work. What we were expected to believe
Nov 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
I'm mad. I'm angry because this book had so much promise to be a ground-breaking LGBTQ+ book. There were so many things wrong with it though. Let's just dive right in.

This book immediately starts off on a bad foot. The author (well, there are two, but I'm just gonna use singular) throws the reader immediately into a post written by Gena about the show that she's obsessed with. A show called Up Below. It seems to be some sort of cop show involving two guys that are really (really) close, but not
I am a fan. It's not just something I do, it's something about the way I'm wired. It's not like this is the first time this has happened. I've always had a fandom. I've always had characters who live in my head and mess with my heart and tell me stories, and I love it.

I don't know what's the matter with me, but everytime I pick up a contemporary hoping for something light and fluffy, it ends up dealing with some darker themes that I didn't expect. Not that I'm complaining—so far, I've only h
Anya (~on a semi-hiatus~)
Oct 01, 2015 marked it as defcon-3
*stars in my eyes* Bi girls, possibly? BRING IT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Taylor Knight
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is such an accurate portrayal of being a fangirl and meeting friends on the internet.
I really loved the style that this book was written and I loved the characters even more.
It did get a little slow for me at times but it wasn't necessarily boring.
I was kind of surprised by the direction that this book took and the end didn't really fit with the story, in my opinion. And even though I loved Gena and Finn, I was really confused by them and I think that they could have been written be
Vee S
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer-ya
I don't know what to THINK about this book. I read it in a day. Was engrossed the whole time-- like, Harry Potter level engrossed where I couldn't stop thinking about it even if I stopped reading, and got mad at anyone who interrupted me. So it was good. Really really good. Unexpected. Funny. Intense.

... I'm going to need to give this some space before I write a full review though. Man. Idk why it affected me in this way, but. It did.
May 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
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A copy of this novel was provided by Chronicle Books for review via Edelweiss.

Gena/Finn is the story of two girls who meet online via their mutual love for a TV show (called Up Below, which REALLY reminded me of Supernatural because it’s about two guys and their extreme devotion to each other and their willingness to do anything for the other – you see what I mean).

It was absolutely fucking brilliant to read about this, because I have made some of my best friends on the internet, through book bl
rachel ☾
This is my third Moskowitz book this year… and the first I didn’t enjoy. I just… I’m so confused about what to think about this book. I cannot stress enough how conflicted I’m feeling at the moment. I had felt every emotion possible when reading this book - both the good and the bad ones. I think that I will just have to talk about each part of the book separately so you’ll understand why I’m feeling so conflicted and messy about this:

Part One - 5 stars. This first section was perfection. It ma
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ok, I feel like I should maybe actually give this book a lower rating, but I can't take off my fangirl goggles and put objective criticism goggles on (if those are even a thing that exist). I would say, even though this is sort of spoilers territory: don't get your hopes up too much about the romance. I know, I know, you see it's tagged glbt, you see the title is Gena/Finn AND you see Finn is short for Stephanie and you're a fangirl and you know what that slash means, but...don't expect the happ ...more
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight
My fangirl heart could not get enough of this book. I was so invested, because I could relate to so many of the things that Gena and Finn talked about and went through. Fandoms, balancing real life with an internet-based hobby that takes up tons of time, befriending other fabulous people who love the same stuff you do- it was not only fun to read about, it was a scarily accurate port
Stefani Sloma
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
I’m just not sure what to make of this book. I have really mixed feelings. It was a quick read, so that was good.

I was so invested in this book. For the first half or so. Then there’s a major event, and I felt the transition from the first half to the second was really awkward and not well done in my opinion. I wanted to stay invested because I really liked these nerdy, adorable, smart characters in the beginning. The book went from being really cute to being REALLY serious and dark practically
Anatea Oroz
Nov 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish

I just couldn't get into the story.

Maybe it's because of an earc and the format where it looked really messy, but I couldn't make myself to read it.
Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia-ya
This book is in equal turns beautiful and heartbreaking. It took me a little while to get what the fandom Gena and Finn love was about, but once I got that under wraps, it was impossible to put down. I could be wrong, but I think the Jake and Tyler relationship was very loosely based on Supernatural (not that anything that happens on Up Below is the same as my experience anyway, but the idea of two main male characters, who have a huge fandom that is biased toward one character ...more
celi ♡
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, 2016, 2021
4.5/5 - this was so much better than I expected! I picked this book up because I wanted something really quick to read and since this book is told in emails, texts, letters, etc., it seemed like the perfect book to read. I was expecting just a cute little story, nothing special. But this book completely surprised me. This book was sort of light and fun at the beginning and then about half way through, everything changed. It was sad and heartbreaking and beautiful. I loved the characters, even th ...more
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It’s not often that I feel representations of fandom in YA are realistic and honest, but Gena/Finn was almost too real at times. Each awkward conversation and emotional email were reminders of my own early days in fandom, and though my story diverges from Gena and Finn’s in a few ways, the intersections are powerful. Moskowitz and Helgeson stay true to their fandom experiences and in doing so, provide an excellent mirror to what teens and young adults are encountering on the screen and in real l ...more
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Mary just witnessed me angrily flinging down this book upon finishing it. Five stars for the first 100 pages and zero stars for everything after that. What.. was that... and how did the last two thirds of it just go so completely off the rails? should someone have stopped this from happening? also I'm hesitant to describe this as "rampant queerbaiting" but also.. rampant queerbaiting? Why couldn't they have just been two queer fangirls in love? What was with the weird ménage a trois at the end? ...more
I liked the format of the book and the friendship. I can kind of relate to the fandom stuff, but what really stood out was how confusing becoming best friends can be.
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book had so much potential. I was so in love with all of it for the first 2/3 and then the big event that changes everything happens and I don’t understand why it was necessary and I don’t understand half of what happened after since the entire writing style changed. I loved so much and was just so disappointed in the end.
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Hannah Moskowitz wrote her first story, about a kitten named Lilly on the run from cat hunters, for a contest when she was seven years old. It was disqualified for violence. Her first book, BREAK, was on the ALA's 2010 list of Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, and in 2013, GONE, GONE, GONE received a Stonewall Honor. 2015's NOT OTHERWISE SPECIFIED was named the YA Bisexual Book of the Year. She ...more

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